Question of the Week: Assassin Bug

Last week the question was:  What insect laid these eggs on this wheat head?


These are the eggs of an assassin bug (F: Reduviidae).  There are lots of species of assassin bugs and they are excellent predators.  They have piercing/sucking mouthparts which they stick into their prey and then use to suck it dry.  If handled improperly, some species may “bite” people.  Take a look at this page for more info.


Here is this week’s question:  What is this disease growing at the base of this tomato plant?


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